Forestry asset management and development for timberland owners and operators
Timberlands International is focused on the sustainable development, management and operation of forestry assets worldwide. It allows forestry owners to maximise the value of their standing timber assets and provides a sales outlet through its affiliation with Advanced Biomass Solutions, which transforms forestry waste into a revolutionary new biomass product.
Active Energy Group entered into an innovative joint venture with three Métis Settlements of Alberta, Western Canada, to exclusively commercialise in excess of 300,000 hectares (circa 750,000 acres) of forestry assets owned by them. The forests are projected to contain more than 35 million m3 of mature standing timber, as well as low-grade timber suitable for a range of industrial applications.
The primary aims are to utilise, in a sustainable and responsible manner, the Métis forestry assets to produce biomass-based renewable energy fuel using Advanced Biomass Solutions’ technology; to assist the Province of Alberta in reducing its dependence on highly-polluting coal-fired power generation; and to create a positive investment environment and significant economic development opportunities for the Métis Settlements and their members.
Alongside constructing and operating a plant for on-site production Advanced Biomass Solutions’ coal replacement fuel, other commercial options under consideration for the Alberta Métis economic development project include providing timber for a range of sawmill and industrial applications.
The Timberlands International team intends that this pioneering joint venture will be a model for further agreements with public and private forestry owners worldwide, enabling them to work together to value, develop and commercialise timber assets in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, in accordance with international forestry stewardship criteria.
Commercial options include selling long-term tree farming permits with long-term cutting rights to independent timberland investors and timber industry firms, joint venture arrangements with third parties to create on-site logging and processing operations, and utilising low-grade timber and forestry thinnings for local production of Advanced Biomass Solutions coal replacement fuel.